Former mayor of London Ken Livingstone has been fired from his LBC radio show following his remarks that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler supported Zionism.
Livingstone said last month that “let’s remember when Hitler won his election in 1932, his policy then was that Jews should be moved to Israel. He was supporting Zionism before he went mad and ended up killing six million Jews.”
He made the comments in defense of Labour MP Naz Shah who was suspended from the party after she shared a meme on the internet calling for Israel’s population to be relocated to the US.
Livingstone became the most prominent Labour figure to be suspended after defending Shah.
The Labour Party has suspended dozens of its members over allegations of “antisemitism” and racism in the past two months.
Livingston has not apologized for his remarks which resulted in his sacking from his own show.
LBC’s owner, Global Radio, said Livingston would not return to his Saturday morning slot following his controversial comments.
A spokesman for the so-called Campaign Against Antisemitism hailed Global Radio’s decision, saying, “The strongest response to racism is for society to shun racists, which is what LBC’s owner Global Radio has rightly done, and we applaud them for heeding our calls.”
However, Livingston said he could not understand the decision, noting that his show was one of the popular programs at the radio station.
He told The Independent: “It’s crazy really because when David (Mellor) and I started doing that program it had 50,000 listeners and now it’s 300,000.”
“It’s weird because I would have thought good capitalists would want to carry on making a profit.”
Livingstone said last month that there was a “well-orchestrated campaign” against Labour by the “Israel lobby.”
Sun May 29, 2016 7:27AM